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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Paul Mitchell still at Spurs for a while, Ian Broomfield has left

The Guardian are on safer ground than transfer speculation when they talk about the situation of the backroom staff at Tottenham and their article is well worth a read for anyone who wants to know what is going on behind the scenes.

Selected extracts:

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are holding the head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell – who tendered his resignation in August – to a 16-month notice period as they seek to find a replacement. It has also emerged that the international scout, Ian Broomfield, has left the club.

Tottenham are sifting through potential successors and they have put Pochettino at the heart of the process. The club took Mitchell from Southampton in November 2014 on Pochettino’s say-so – the pair had worked well together at St Mary’s – and it is clear the new man will also have to buy into the manager’s philosophy. The process, though, has not been straight-forward because there are not many high‑calibre candidates and, of these, many have lengthy notice clauses.

“It will not affect us. He is working because, when he presented his resignation, it was 16 months’ notice. He’s doing the same job, because Tottenham pay his salary. It’s difficult to find a replacement and difficult to move quickly. It’s always to protect our club and our interests. It’s not [only] his decision to sign [players], it’s Tottenham’s. But with him, without him or with another person I think it’s always difficult to sign players in January.”

Broomfield, who was in his second spell at the club, departed last week after his contract expired and, to his surprise, he was not given a new one. Levy continues to have Dave Webb as the head of elite potential identification and Stuart Metcalf as the head of performance analysis – both of whom report to Mitchell.

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